Luke Walton is coming home, but this time as a head coach.
The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a multi-year deal on Friday, making the 36-year-old the youngest active head coach in the NBA.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak commented on the Walton hiring in a statement released by the organization Friday evening.
“We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career,” said Kupchak. “He's one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he'll be leading the on-court future of our team.”
Of course, Walton won two NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. He also played for L.A. in nine of the 11 seasons he spent as a player. But we all know why Cool Hand Luke really got the job.
While Steve Kerr was out in the early portion of the regular season, the Golden State Warriors went 39-4 with Walton as interim head coach. Now he’ll get to finish the postseason with the team and potentially win another championship before steering the future of the Lakers franchise.
Without a doubt, Walton was the obvious choice for the job. If the Lakers didn’t want him, another organization would.